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Helene Hanff’s Diary The story of Helene Hanff, the Bridget Jones of the postwar literary set, whose uproarious 84, Charing Cross Road has never been out of print

The Really Right Stuff John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, was the picture of calm during meetings with J.F.K. ahead of his journey. His archives reveal a human side

Short List Books to read this week, including fresh looks at Norman Jewison and Stephen Hawking, and an enlightened guide to parenting

June 3, 2021

Floral Tribute The pioneering photographer Anna Atkins is not nearly as well known as her contemporaries, such as Henry Fox Talbot. Her work reveals photography’s transition from science to art

June 2, 2021

The Real Deal As cultural workers have had their livelihoods crushed by the pandemic, the New Deal’s arts projects are suddenly relevant again

Street Cars Named Desire Citroëns, Corvettes, and a bright-blue Fiat 500 get their due in a new book collecting the coolest classic cars

Hopping Around Coming of age in the Roaring Twenties, the heirs to the Guinness-beer fortune favored dance and drink over careers and philanthropy

May 26, 2021

Background Check The story of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s greatest detective, goes well beyond Christie’s own

May 26, 2021

Where Photography and Fashion Meet A new volume unites the work of two greats: the photographer Peter Lindbergh and the couturier Azzedine Alaïa

The Great Escape How Nixon and Brando prevented another massacre at Wounded Knee—and allowed American Indian leader Dennis Banks to run free

Radical Chic Virginie Despentes managed to get her film banned in French cinemas. With the U.S. release of two of her fieriest works, the feminist shows no signs of slowing down

May 19, 2021

How Do You Say “Avant-Garde” in Spanish? Photographs by Ramón Masats chronicle the decade that revolutionized Spain

Mind Games During W.W. I, a pair of British prisoners escaped their captors using a Ouija board. Their story reveals the power of delusion